SAE Oceania and Far East Region in cooperation with the Association of Modern Greek Studies of Australia and New Zealand summoned a meeting of all active academics in tertiary education throughout Australia.
During the meeting, several requests and issues were discussed, regarding the teaching of Modern Greek on national level. An issue particularly discussed was the inclusion of Modern Greek in the new national schools curriculum being developed by the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA). to be implemented in 2010 in all Australian states.
During the meeting it was decided to draft a text, as a declaration of principles which will justify the need for Modern Greek language teaching, as one of the major language courses of choice in the national curriculum. Furthermore, a schedule of consultations has been set by the Federal Government of Australia, aiming towards the submission of a final version of the action plan including the participation of all Greek bodies and organisations.
The meeting was attended by the Consul of Greece in Sidney, Mr. V. Tolios, Cultural Attaché, Mr. I. Pitsas and members of the World Council of Hellenes Abroad of Oceania and Far East Region, the President of the Hellenic Orthodox Community, Mr. Harry Danalis and the President of the Cypriot community, Mr. Mihalis Christodoulou.
The following Neohellenists took part in the discussion: Dr. Vrasidas Karalis, Dr. Antonis Drakopoulos and Dr. Panayota Nazou (Sidney University), Dr. Elissavet Kefalinou (Μacquarie University), Dr. Maria Zarimi (New South Wales University), Dr. Maria Irodotou and Dr. Despoina Michail (Flinders University), Dr. Georgios Frantzis (Charles Darwin University) and Mr. Savvas Papasavvas (Notre Dame University).
The meeting was chaired by SAE Coordinator of Oceania and Far East Region Mr. Georgios Aggelopoulous.